What Is Esotherapy®?
Esotherapy®, or Esoteric Wisdom Therapy™, is NOT psychotherapy. It is a healing phenomenological and ontological approach for processing life events through esoteric wisdom, which heals the causes of illnesses in their natural inter-connectedness. It is truly holistic - it heals the mind, body, and spirit, alike. It works of everyone. It is done individually, as a family, or in groups with people of all ages, genders and religions.
"Not to recognize the esoteric sciences is to disregard most that has contributed to the advancement and improvement of the human state during the last five thousand years… the time is most appropriate for the further restoration of this sacred tradition.”
- Dr. Henry L. Drake
Esoteric wisdom is reserved to the Divine. "Eso-", the Greek root of the word "esoteric", means "inner". While, historically, this "inner" came to be interpreted as denoting small, often secretive, "inner groups", we believe that the true meaning of "eso-" is that this wisdom arises DIRECTLY from the Spirit within. Since the Divine is "undivided", hence it has no religion, esoteric wisdom is spiritual without being religious.
Imparting healing without wisdom is like installing a strong door on a house where thieves come through the window
Consider a commonly accepted diagnosis, such as depression. Conventional therapies consider it to be a type of extreme sadness. However, when you became ill you likely first lost your appetite, had no interest in activities that made you happy, couldn't get out of bed, felt drained of energy and slept longer hours or your could not sleep enough. This was loss of vitality. Naturally, you became sad ABOUT the loss of vitality and the doctor prescribed you medication to dull your sadness. As a result, you may be living a numb life that also lacks vitality. Of course, to consider depression as loss of vitality or life-energy would make it a spiritual illness, which traditional forms of medicine around the world know as "shen-losing-its-home", "power-loss" or "soul-loss".
Paradoxically, the understanding that depression is a spiritual disease is not limited to "traditional medicine", but was also the foundational wisdom of many Western disciplines. Rooted in the Greek word "psych", which means "soul", "breath" or "spirit", psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatry were meant to address sentience or subjective consciousness - the spirit of life within. Yet, paradoxically, current "psych-" approaches have come to deny the spiritual aspects of illnesses. Science-based therapeutic approaches reduce the living, breathing person to a faceless statistic and foster the belief that the spirit of life can be replaced by ingesting a few chemical compounds.
"Do not, I beg you, look for anything beyond phenomena, they are themselves their own lessons."
For the holistic restoration of one's well-being, therapy needs to be based on:
Esotherapy® is an amalgam of phenomenology and esoteric wisdom. It is based on a totally different awareness that does not arise from conventional, learned human understandings but from principles that underpin the foundation of existence, in general. Parallel to this new "language" for healing, is the use of phenomenology. In therapy, this adds insight to the diversity and richness of the actual, personal experience of illness. It brings openness to understanding authentic individual life experiences and needs, by helping us set aside theoretical and ideological prejudgments in our work.
How does the Mindfulness Meditation Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Best Practice compare to Esotherapy®? Mindfulness meditation is a microcosm of the esoteric disciplines it belongs in. To strip Mindfulness of its esoteric context is to strip it of its spirit and power. Without this spiritual essence, even the "best practice" of Mindfulness, may offer only little more than a banal, meaningless life experience. The student quoted here had used mindfulness to attain a state free of anxiety and depression, only to find himself feeling embedded into a hopeless sense of living a meaningless life in an equally meaningless world. Esotherapy® gave his life back. Esotherapy® returns MBSR to the esoteric milieu it is an extension of.
"I had learned how to live in the moment [through mindfulness meditation], but appreciating the value and experience of each moment was only reachable through Esotherapy." (play video testimonial)
- University Student, 22
Despite advances in healing sciences, recent decades have seen a dramatic increase in the incidence of diseases and skyrocketing healthcare costs. How is that possible? As any other language, scientific language is based on certain basic assumptions. These un-examined basic systems of beliefs are MUCH MORE POWERFUL than the secondary beliefs built upon them that science investigates, while it overlooks the primary ones. That is because the scientific inquiry being built upon the primary system of assumptions, hides the fundamental bias in plain view clothed as "science" and the unquestioned way things are.
Why can Esotherapy® heal even when other therapies have failed? Because Esotherapy® "marches to a different drummer" - it is based on esoteric wisdom, while conventional therapies are founded on exoteric knowledge. The differences lie in the highlighted roots of these words:
Esoteric (eso = derived from the INNER, Higher Consciousness) wisdom is NONDUALISTIC, meaning it sees the “different” forms of existence as unimportant fleeting manifestations of a single Essence. This universal Essence alone is important.
Since, healing is defined as “making whole” or integration, non-dualistic awareness, with its spirit of putting things together is characterized by a state of inner peace, harmony and well-being.
Nondualistic awareness is the lot of SAGES who, unlike philosophers, emphasize relationships.
Nondualistic consciousness and sage esoteric wisdom are inherently suited for healing.
Exoteric (exo = learned from the OUTER society, parents, etc.) knowledge is DUALISTIC. It is a view of the world as made of divided entities that exist with little or no continuity (i.e., self vs. other), often competing for existence.
Healing, defined as “ making whole” or integration, cannot emerge effectively from dualistic thinking whose whole purpose is to reinforce and promote distinctions and divisions as a way of knowing, and, in turn, gives rise to perpetual inner as well as outer conflict.
This paradigm of looking at things individually in abstraction of relationships, is that of PHILOSOPHERS.
Healthcare education and therapy models are fashioned on this dualistic outlook.
Consciousness is NOT something "we have", but something WE ARE.
Conventional therapies see consciousness as an aspect of matter, rooted in the brain. True... but incomplete, because matter is an aspect of consciousness, as well, which is why quantum physics has found consciousness determines matter. The quanta, atoms, molecules that make up, among others, our bodies are "solidified" consciousness. We are made of consciousness, hence:
a person with dualistic, divided consciousness can be called "divided", whilst
a person with non-dualistic, integrated consciousness can be called "integrated".
These types of consciousness affect our health.
"Dualistic thinking is a sickness."
- Lao Tzu, Taoist Sage
Consciousness is what we ARE - ourselves. To understand the effects of dualistic vs non-dualistic consciousness in our lives, let's compare consciousness to a mirror:
when broken, the mirror reflects reality in sharp, cutting and injurious pieces.
If they were "made whole" (aka, "healed") every cutting shard would become smooth, harmless surface, again.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Similarly, a person with divided, dualistic consciousness "sees" a world comprised of sharp and conflicting "slivers" of understanding reality that amount to a tormented inner mental and emotional life defined by rifts and conflicts that injure us mentally, physically and socially.
The spirit of division of dualistic consciousness is a sickness. It underpins ALL our life experiences, emotions and thinking. It fills us with sub-conscious, ever-abiding feelings of disconnection, stress, and physiological events that produce symptoms such as anxiety and depression, cortisol, blood sugar and lipid imbalances, tension, pain, sleep disturbances, immune disregulation, and other heightened sympathetic, "fight or flight" responses.
We become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
As in the mirror analogy above, when returned to their contextual non-duality, every shard of this divided consciousness becomes smooth and harmless, again. Because we are the consciousness being healed (rather than "having" a healed consciousness), we are healed.
"It is I who come from that which is integrated [/undivided]... a person, once integrated [/undivided] will become full of light, but once divided, he will be filled with darkness.”
From a distant culture with little or no connection to Lao Tzu's culture, Jesus clarified what Taoist sage Lao Tzu meant (Matthew 5:17) 4000 years before, him:
dualistic or "divided" consciousness is NOT just any sickness, but THE ROOT of ALL illnesses and suffering, the darkness Jesus is referring to in this Gospel of Thomas quote
integrating dualistic consciousness heals all illnesses and suffering that arise from it, transmuting them into light
Therefore, healing or "making whole" is reserved to the NON-DUALISTIC, ESOTERIC wisdom of the Higher Consciousness conveyed through sages the world over. Jesus explained Oneness is his very own essence as well as the Divine that heals everything.
Jesus uniquely explained that:
"the [ONLY] way" (John, 14:6): to accomplish Divine Consciousness is through the integration of dualistic thinking
this integration heals ALL human ills that originate from dualistic consciousness
"When you make the two one [non-duality], and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female ... then shall you enter" [the Kingdom of Heaven]..."
Christ himself explained that it is fundamentally flawed to believe that his teachings abolish those of other sages. On the contrary, Jesus affirmed the non-duality of prophets and sages (who have similar backgrounds, with the exception that prophets are usually working with people in power, whereas sages work with common folk) with his own purpose:
The Creator Himself, at one and the same time, knowledge, the knower, and the known ... There exists nothing which is not united to Him and which He does not find His own essence. He is the type of all being, and all things exist in Him under their most pure and most perfect form.
For what is Mysticism? Is it not the attempt to draw near to God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition? Is it not merely a hard word for 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'? Heaven is neither a place nor a time.
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the Souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
The human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Since dualistic consciousness is the ROOT OF ALL SICKNESSES, a consciousness integration THERAPY best addresses the many forms of suffering arising from it. Processing life events through non-dualistic, integrative wisdom wakes us up from the dualistic dream of division from others and the
world, from which all
forms of illnesses
and suffering arise.
By way of analogy, imagine a building whose foundation is consciousness, where the first level is mental, the second is physical, the third is familial, the fourth is societal, and the fifth is environmental.
If there were a continuous crack going up all five levels, the fracture must come from a separated foundation drifting apart. Dualistic consciousness is like the perpetually dividing and drifting apart consciousness foundation beneath all levels of our Being. To fix the walls of the floors above, Esotherapy® uses non-dualistic, esoteric wisdom to integrate the foundation of human consciousness.
Most of our clients, who had attended counselling previously - and, hence, already knew what they needed to work on - once they started Esotherapy®, they attained long-term or permanent results in a handful of sessions. If you have no previous experience with counselling and need to figure out what issues you need to work on it may take some extra sessions. However, Esotherapy is very effective at helping you recognize such issues.